Upset-apalooza: No. 5 Lions ousted; No. 17 Gaels routed

You know the Beach Ball Classic is one of the best high school basketball tournaments in the country when the No. 17 team in the nation is in the consolation bracket.

You know it’s THE BEST high school basketball tournament in the country when the No. 5 team in the nation suffers back-to-back losses and gets eliminated from the tournament before the final day.

Both of those unlikely scenarios happened Friday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, with unranked Milton (Ga.) blowing out No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 77-56 in the semifinals shortly after No. 31 St. Augustine (La.) eliminated No. 5 Prestonwood Christian (Texas) in a consolation bracket game.

The 31st edition of the Beach Ball Classic is proving why it is called the “The Nation’s Finest Holiday Hoops Tournament.” No. 5-ranked Prestonwood Christian Academy found out for the second day in a row that you can not take a day off at the BBC.

The Lions, who entered the tournament with a No. 5 ranking in ESPN Rise’s Fab 50 poll after winning the City of Palms Classic, fell to St. Augustine 70-57 to be bounced from the tourney with a 1-2 record. They lost to Whitney Young (Chicago) 46-44 on a buzzer beater on Thursday.

St. Augustine (19-2; New Orleans, LA) trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before making a run in the second half and taking control of the contest.

Trailing 12-11 with 9:45 to play in the opening half, Prestonwood (11-3; Plano, TX) scored 16 unanswered points to open a 27-12 advantage with 5:02 on the clock.  The Purple Knights closed the gap to 36-26 by the half and slowly chipped away at the lead at the beginning of the second half.

St. Augustine took the lead for good on a jumper by Roland Daniels that gave the Purple Knights a 54-53 lead with 6:01 to play.  Daniels’ basket started a 16-3 run by St. Augustine that put the game out of reach.

The duo of Daniels and Javan Felix led St. Augustine as they poured in 26 and 23 points, respectively.  Prestonwood’s Julius Randle posted a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

As for the first semifinal, Milton scored early and often in route to an impressive 77-56 victory over Bishop Gorman and the nation’s top rated player in Shabazz Muhammad.  The win put the Eagles into the championship game against Lone Peak (Utah).

It was all Milton (8-4; Milton, GA) from the opening tip as Evan Nolte rained home a 3-pointer just 20 seconds into play.  That was just one of Nolte’s five treys in the opening 16-minute half as the Eagles hit 7-of-10 from behind the arc and an amazing 14-of-22 from the field (63.6%).

While Milton was building leads as large as 23 points in the first half, Bishop Gorman (6-3; New Orleans, LA) did hit half of its 16 shots from the field in the first half but connected on just one 3-pointer.  Also contributing to the defecit for the Gaels was nine turnovers as Milton posted a 19- advantage in points off turnovers in the opening half.

The second half saw both teams play evenly as Milton controlled the pace and continued to light up the nets at a 60.9 percent success rate from the field.

Milton’s Nolte led the Eagles with 20 points, while Shaquille Johnson and Charles Mann added 18 points each.

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff ClassicConway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff [more]

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFL

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFLThe past six months have been hectic ones for Hunter [more]

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior Olympics

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sand

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sandWhat was once a leisurely pick-up game on the beach [more]

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haul

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haulNorth Myrtle Beach believes Ryan Walker is the person to [more]

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut Former Coastal Carolina standout and Los Angeles Angels second baseman [more]

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures Game

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures GameMyrtle Beach Pelicans’ catcher Miguel Amaya has been selected to [more]

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth Clinic

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth ClinicEight former big leaguers - and about 60 aspiring ones [more]

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior Olympics

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program New Myrtle Beach High volleyball coach Alyssa Hunter knows she [more]

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 years

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 yearsA child steps up to the counter to purchase his [more]

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meet

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meetThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club combined boys and [more]

Rivers named honorable mention All-American

Rivers named honorable mention All-AmericanCoastal Carolina senior outfielder Kieton Rivers was recognized as a [more]

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-Stars

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-StarsMyrtle Beach right-handed pitchers Javier Assad, Jesus Camargo and Paul [more]

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleball

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleballNearly 100 local recreational athletes put themselves in a real [more]

CCU football loses legend with retirement of Glenn

CCU football loses legend with retirement of GlennCoastal Carolina football chief of staff and director of football [more]

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to Jackets

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to JacketsCoastal Carolina baseball had its season come to an end [more]

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in Regional

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in RegionalThe Chanticleers took an early 3-0 lead and did not [more]

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club Challenge

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club ChallengeThe Myrtle Beach Track and Field Club welcomed 22 clubs [more]

Chants battered by Tigers, drop into losers bracket

Chants battered by Tigers,  drop into losers bracketCoastal Carolina baseball saw a 2-2 tie disappear in the [more]

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine years

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine yearsNorth Myrtle Beach is looking for a new boys basketball [more]

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings Golfweek has unveiled its annual list of the “Best Courses [more]

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to five

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to fiveTonka Hemingway has played enough games with opposing offensive linemen. He’s [more]

Chants headed to Atlanta, face Auburn in first round

Chants headed to Atlanta, face Auburn in first roundCoastal Carolina baseball received the No. 3 seed in the [more]

Chants dig deep, defend Sun Belt championship

Chants dig deep, defend Sun Belt championshipCoastal Carolina outscored the Georgia Southern Eagles 9-1 over the [more]

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff ClassicConway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff [more]

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFL

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFLThe past six months have been hectic ones for Hunter [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach